Saturday, October 20, 2007
EMPTY ASSUMPTIONS OR GODLY ASSURANCE?
Many times we assume, for various reasons, that we ourselves and others are Christians and going to heaven when they die. It may be they profess to believe in Jesus Christ. It may be they go to church, got baptized, attend the church regularly. It may they are moral in our eyes and dedicated to the church they attend. It may be they are kind, pleasant, friendly, and helpful.
Whatever reason it is, how can we know whether or not it is an empty assumption or true Godly assurance?
What is the difference between "assumption" and "assurance"?
It can summed up very simply. Assumptions are made when men trust in themselves (their good deeds, their wealth, etc.) for salvation; assurance of eternal life is always based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Assumption looks for things within ourselves and others for our justification before God and to find peace and assurance of salvation. Assurance looks unto Christ as the author and perfecter of our faith who freely and fully justified us by His redemptive work on the cross. Assumption trusts in our righteousness, even if we claim to give credit to God. Godly assurance rests in Christ and His righteousness.
By Bill Parker